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Omnitronic DD-5220L: Turntables stand up to the DJ test

January 20th, 2016 Posted in General, OMNITRONIC Tags: , ,

German producer Sleepwalker („Samy Deluxe – Weck Mich Auf“) scrutinized the Omnitronic DD-5220L. After his detailed test, he concludes: „Get them immediately!“

Omnitronic DD-5220L

High quality and robust

First of all, the looks of the turntables scored: „Just set up, the turntables stand on my desk in splendid black and I have to say, they look pretty wicked. Everything makes a high quality, robust impression. And with their weight of 11 kg, the new colleagues stand on my DJ desk solidly.“ But not only the optics impressed:

No difference to expensive devices

Of course, Sleepwalker set great store by the sound of the turntables. For testing the quality of the DD-5220L, he made them compete against some famous colleagues:
„So I unscrewed my Stanton sample system and recorded the same disc first with the Omnitronics and then with my Technics SL 1210 MK2. After I adjusted the volume for a few decibels, I could not hear any difference in several comparisons. The song sounded absolutely identically on both systems. Test passed.“

Omnitronic DD-5220L Detail

Scratching and sampling

For really putting the turntables through their paces regarding their scratching possibilities, Sleepwalker brought in another professional. DJ Mirko Machine took time to make the needle dance on the disc. His conclusion: „Great. The needle lies in the groove perfectly. The tightening of the turntable is hundred percent and you can’t say anything negative about it. The pitch fader feels excellent.“

Thanks to the various possibilities the turntables offer regarding playback speed and the integrated line out, Sleepwalker also totally recommends the DD-5220L for sampling.

Conclusion: Get them immediately

After the extensive test, the producer came to a very positive result and even compared the Omnitronic DD-5220L with popular, expensive devices:

„I have to say, I really like the DD-5220L DJ turntables! During the short time in which I could test the device, everything went fantastically and I could integrate the table into my studio setup without any problems. Omnitronic doesn’t need to hide from the competition and they don’t raise the bar too high with 445 €, I think. Regarding the latest price for a Technics device, 2300 €, I say: Get them immediately!“

Germany: Which frequencies will be safe to use?

December 29th, 2015 Posted in General, worth knowing Tags: , , ,

Regarding wireless (radio) microphones, a lot has changed during the last years in Germany. The frequencies that had been used for event technology before were sold to cell phone networks. Those now operate LTE on it.

So new frequency ranges had to be found, new systems were developed and bought. For everybody who wants to know the details or needs a little help in the djungle of frequencies, here’s an overview of future safe frequencies*:

 

Private users – no license required

At the moment, the following frequencies can be used without license:

  • 1492 – 1518 MHz (LTE mid gap)
  • 1785 – 1805 MHz (LTE mid gap)
  • 2400 – 2485,5 MHz (world wide license free WIFI range)
  • 5150 – 5350 MHz (world wide license free WIFI range)
  • 5470 – 5750 MHz (world wide license free WIFI range)

These frequency ranges are safe until 2026.

License free ranges, which end on December 31st, 2015:

  • 790 – 814 MHz
  • 833 – 862 MHz

These frequency ranges are massively reduced by the ongoing roll-out of LTE. As of now, the operation of microphones is not longer legal in this range in Germany. Interferences will occur. We recommend to replace these systems soon.

Professional users – license required

For professional use like broadcasting, touring, fixed installations and ambitious hobby bands, the following frequencies can be used. A license is always required here:

  • 470 – 608 MHz (future safe)
  • 614 – 703 MHz (future safe)
  • 703 – 733 MHz (only usable until 2017, illegal as of 2020)
  • 733 – 758 MHz (probably usable with license)
    In this range, we offer the following systems:
    Omnitronic: 13061092 and 13055092Relacart HRRelacart T-31
  • 758 – 823 MHz (only usable until 2017, illegal as of 2020)

In general, the license is valid for all these ranges. As phone network operators will use the frequencies above 694 MHz step by step, we recommend to buy systems, which work under 694 MHz.

Licenses are granted by the Bundesnetzagentur in Germany. Licensing is 130 € for each unit (that means all systems that are combined in one flight case. As there is only one certificate for each license, the system can not be divided for several events afterwards).

There are additional fees of 10 € each year for each license.

Public institutions like schools and churches are partly exempt from fees.

*The facts mentioned above are all valid for Germany only. For the regulations in your country, please check with local authorities.

For more information, also see www.bonedo.de .

Futurelight PLB-280 – make three wishes

November 30th, 2015 Posted in FUTURELIGHT, Press releases, Product news Tags: , ,

Waldbüttelbrunn, November 30th, 2015: The Futurelight PLB-280 is the fairy godmother among moving heads, as it makes three wishes come true: It’s a spot, beam and washlight at the same time. The moving head is equipped with a 280 W strong Osram Sirius discharge lamp and convinces with its powerful performance and of course with its flexibility.

PLB-280 web

In beam mode, it demonstrates an extremely narrow beam angle of 2°, which can be increased to 10° with the motorized focus. The built-in 8-fold prism multiplies the sharp image and arranges it in a circle, while the 6-fold prism creates a linear image. 14 gobos and 13 colors on the color wheel add more creative possibilities.

Using the moving head as spot, the zoom makes it possible to adjust the beam angle between 5.5° and 23°. In addition to the functions mentioned above, a gobo wheel with 9 rotating gobos can now be used. Gobos can be changed easily and quickly.

Even the desire for a powerful washlight is completely fulfilled by the PLB-280: Via DMX command, the frost filter is moved in front of the discharge lamp. Noteworthy is the fact, that the filter does not absorb as much light as you’ve seen in other spots. The power of the discharge lamp is large enough to produce a very bright and convincing wash effect. Of course, using the zoom is possible here, too.

Despite the various possibilities this spot offers, the single modes are controllable with only 14 to 23 DMX channels. All told, the PLB-280 is a perfect all-in-one package with powerful performance.

Light show PLB-280

Omnitronic ARM monitors put to the test

November 25th, 2015 Posted in OMNITRONIC, Product news, worth knowing Tags: ,

Our Omnitronic ARM-6.5 monitor has been put to the test by the German online magazine delamar.de.

The tester were surprised by the balanced frequency response, the high differentiation of the stereo panorama and the various possibilities of adjusting and correcting sound: “I wasn’t expecting that. The manufacturer (…) published a really good, for this price range even excellent studio monitor.”

The final result of the test is more than just good: The Omnitronic monitor was rated “an insider’s tip” for home recording.

ARM-Monitor

Read the full test in German here.

For more information about our ARM monitors, see here.

One of us

November 16th, 2015 Posted in Backstage, OMNITRONIC, worth knowing

ShortcutDuring work week, he is one of our colleagues – at the weekend, he’s one of the popular DJs in the regional clubs: Simon Alsheimer, also known as DJ Short-Cut.

Lately, the local newspaper “Main-Post” wrote an article about him (read it here).

We’re proud of having Simon as our colleague – as he does an excellent job, not only as DJ.

If you’re interested in his DJing, take a look at his homepage.